Launch of the UNICEF/WHO integrated Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD)


For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, April 12th, USAID will be hosting a launch event at the National Press Club for the new integrated Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD) from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m..  This event will be in conjunction with launch events taking place in Geneva, and will also include the London release of The Lancet Series on pneumonia and diarrhea.

Pneumonia and diarrhea together account for 29 percent of all child deaths globally, resulting in the deaths of more than two million children each year. Countries most affected can end this staggering and unnecessary death toll by fighting the two diseases together in an integrated approach. The goal of the newly released plan is to virtually end preventable child deaths due to pneumonia and diarrhea. 

WHEN: Friday, April 12, 2013 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. EST

National Press Club
529 14th St NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045
Lisagor, White and Murrow Rooms

  • Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator, USAID Global Health Bureau
  • Presenter: Samira Aboubaker, WHO, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health and Development
  • Lancet Paper Series Panelists:
    • Robert Black, Johns Hopkins University, Department of International Health
    • Harry Campbell, University of Edinburgh, Center for Population Health Sciences
    • Mark Young, UNICEF
    • John Borrazzo, USAID
  • Presenter: Mickey Chopra, UNICEF


Live webcast will be available hereMaterials, including an executive summary of the GAPPD and the Lancet series, will be available for the start of the webcast.

Interested media should contact the USAID Press Office at

Last updated: October 05, 2017

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